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Ravens-Buccaneers: Five predictions for Sunday

Posted on 15 December 2018 by Luke Jones

The more things change for the Ravens, the more they stay the same as they host Tampa Bay on Sunday.

The quarterback and offense are different, but Baltimore entered the bye week with a 4-5 record, won three straight against underwhelming competition, and then lost a heartbreaker on the road against one of the best teams in the NFL. John Harbaugh’s team hadn’t done that since … wait for it … last year.

Still sporting a chance to win the AFC North and considered the favorite in a group of flawed teams currently vying for the No. 6 seed, will the Ravens get the job done this time around?

It’s time to go on the record as these teams meet for just the sixth time ever with the Ravens enjoying a 3-2 advantage. Baltimore has won the last three contests in the series as the Buccaneers haven’t won since 2002, which was their Super Bowl-winning season.

Below are five predictions for Sunday:

1. Ex-Raven Ryan Jensen will be flagged for mixing it up with a former teammate. Ozzie Newsome was wise not to give Jensen a $42 million deal, but that doesn’t mean Baltimore hasn’t missed him as his departure was the biggest change in a sound running game from a year ago becoming inept in the first half of 2018. The Ravens liked Jensen’s fire and physicality, but he’s struggled in Tampa Bay with penalties and underwhelming play as Pro Football Focus ranks him 29th among centers. His propensity for playing through the whistle is a recipe for an altercation with someone like Matt Judon.

2. Kenneth Dixon will lead Baltimore in rushing. Last Sunday’s loss at Kansas City was easily the best Dixon has looked since his rookie season as he registered 80 total yards and a touchdown on nine touches. Meanwhile, Gus Edwards has averaged an ordinary 4.0 yards per carry over the last two games after racking up 5.8 per attempt in the previous two weeks. Edwards will remain heavily involved, but a healthy Dixon is the most versatile of the Ravens’ running backs and gives them some juice as a receiver. Now, you hold your breath that the 2016 fourth-round pick can stay on the field.

3. Tampa Bay’s James Winston will throw a critical interception to spoil a two-touchdown day. The Buccaneers haven’t won a road game since Week 1, but any team that’s beaten New Orleans and held a 14-3 halftime lead in last week’s rematch should have your attention. It’s been a turbulent year for Winston, but he’s thrown eight touchdowns and two picks while averaging 243 passing yards per game over the last four weeks. Meanwhile, Marlon Humphrey, Tony Jefferson, and Tavon Young aren’t 100 percent in the Ravens secondary. That’s a concern facing the league’s No. 1 passing attack that has one of the better receivers in football in Mike Evans.

4. Lamar Jackson will find Willie Snead for the slot receiver’s first touchdown since Week 1. It’s difficult figuring out where the rapport is between these two as Snead was Baltimore’s leading receiver in Jackson’s first start as well as in Kansas City, but the slot receiver had a total of one catch for eight yards in the wins over Oakland and Atlanta. The Ravens need to find more production out of their passing game down the stretch, and Jackson has been most successful throwing over the middle from spread formations, making Snead’s presence important. Tampa Bay ranks dead last in red-zone defense.

5. The Ravens will strengthen their playoff chances with an unspectacular 26-17 victory. My confidence level in a win remains high, but the Buccaneers are capable of giving any team problems with the way they throw the ball all over the field. Their fatal flaw has been an unthinkable 24 interceptions this season, but the Ravens rank 31st in the league with just 10 takeaways — six of them interceptions — and are banged up in the secondary. Playing another bad run defense will help, but the last four weeks have each been one-score games in the fourth quarter as the Ravens aren’t built to blow out teams without the defense or special teams contributing a touchdown or two. Harbaugh’s team won’t gain much from the eyeball-test perspective on Sunday, but a win is all that matters in mid-December.

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Edsall says FSU QB Winston reminiscent of Manuel

Posted on 01 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

 

“We got a tremendous opportunity and a tremendous challenge as we head down to Tallahassee to take on Florida State. Florida State is an outstanding football team that is really putting up impressive numbers offensively. They are also very aggressive defensively. They are undefeated this time. I thought that we had a good week of practice during the off week and got a little ahead of the game. We did a little bit more on Sunday than we normally do, and now we can get back and go through the game plan. We will work it on all this week and then head down to Tallahassee and our hopefully able to come away with a win.”

 

On if the 4-0 start has changed the vibe while out recruiting:

 

“It was great to be 4-0 and go out recruiting. There was a better reception to us being out there and people taking notice. I also think that even ramped up a little bit after West Virginia beat Oklahoma State this weekend. But people see what we’ve done so far this year, and now all we have to do is go out and play and continue to get better each and every day. If we do that, people will take more notice. So we just have to go out and keep on getting better and play the way that we played against West Virginia.”

 

On Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston:

 

“When you look at him physically, he looks a little bit like E.J. Manuel in terms of his body type. But he is just a very good player. He is strong and a big guy. He is tough to bring down and has got good escape ability. He’s got really strong arms and can make all the throws. Really good people surround him and he is executing the offense very well. He is somebody that you can see is doing all of the things that they are asking him to do.  He is a very good football player and someone who you are concerned with when you have to go up against him on defense. He’s a guy that has the ability to throw the ball and has the ability to do something with his feet. When you get that type of quarterback, it makes the job very difficult for the defense.”

 

On preparing for Florida State’s team speed:

 

“I think what you have to do is execute at a very high level. You have to make sure that you take advantage of your opportunities that you have. I think you do have the ability to make some big plays based on their aggressive natures. We have to make sure to execute and make sure everyone does their job, so it allows us to get those big plays.”

 

On Maryland’s team speed compared to two seasons ago:

 

“I think our team speed has gotten better. I think that when you watch Florida State, they’re very fast and athletic. But I think we’ve gotten faster and more athletic in two years. Again, what we’ve got to do is make sure we go down there and get everybody to do their job and get everybody to play with a high level of confidence and play hard. If you do that, then you got a chance to go and win.”

 

On linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil:

 

“Well, when you get to see Yannik, and just compared to when he came here and how he’s really handled himself and conducted himself on the field, off the field, in the weight room. When you see the work ethic that he’s displayed since he’s been here, and really, the leadership qualities that he’s displayed, those are the things that make it easy for you as a coach to say ‘Hey, this guy’s got to find a place to play’ because he does everything the way it’s supposed to be done.

 

“I think he has a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. It’s something that he’s wanted to prove in terms of being up in Towson and the going to a Division II school that he believed enough in his own abilities to come here and compete and then earn a scholarship. I just love the way the guy handles himself. Just a tremendous work ethic and he’s had that work ethic from the day that he’s gotten here to the day he was awarded a scholarship. He kept working, kept doing those things. I’ve been around enough people in my lifetime to know if they have that ability, that focus, drive, determination that Yannik has, they’re going to be successful and those are the kinds of people you want to surround yourself with.“

 

On the increased level of high school talent in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area:

 

“Well, I’ve always been very fond of the players from the DMV (District, Maryland and Virginia) because of the fact, where I was previously, we had quite a few players from this area who came and played well and contributed to a whole lot of success that we had. One of the things is there’s so many more youth programs that were started here in the state, that this state has a lot of really good athletes. And now what’s happening, they’re getting involved at a younger age and they’re being developed a little bit earlier. But again, I think people recognize the talent that’s in this area and again you’re never going to keep everybody at home because some players want to get away from home. Some want to stay, but you do your best to keep those guys that have the academics, have the athletic ability, and have the character and work ethic that you’re looking for to keep them here. Again, I think you just take a look at earlier this year when you saw all these teams playing teams throughout the country, from Florida, [New] Jersey and all that, the teams here from the state of Maryland and the District won and held their own. I think this area is recognized as one with a lot of talent. You want to make sure you get the guys that fit what you’re looking for and you want to keep as many of those guys here that you possibly can.”

 

On linebacker Marcus Whitfield’s emergence:

 

“The beauty of what I do is to be able to see young people when they first come here and see how innocent or how shy they might be and just to see the ability in them, and then you watch them grow over two to three years, four years and to see how they develop and Marcus is really one of those kids. When I first met Marcus, he was kind of shy, wasn’t a real confident person in my opinion, he might tell you different, but just my experience from what I saw. I just saw a guy that had ability and it’s just neat to see how he’s kind of grown out of that and developed into a young man whose a father now, whose more confident, it’s just, he’s got a smile on his face all the time. He communicates so much more than what he used to. He’s having success on the field doing the things that were asking him to do. He’s going to be graduating here at the end of the semester, just a neat kid.

 

“I think one of the things that helped him is Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil coming in and pushing him because Yannik sat out last year and Marcus was playing and I think he might have seen how hard Yannik works, and if he wants a chance to be the starter then he’s going to have to work. Those two guys have a really good relationship, but he’s a young man that you just like being around. “

 

– Maryland –

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